Mississippi River State Park - Marianna, AR - Arkansas State Parks

Welcome to Mississippi River State Park
Through a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service, Arkansas State Parks is developing Mississippi River State Park within the St. Francis National Forest in eastern Arkansas. To explore the park and national forest, travel two national scenic byways:  The Great River Road and the Crowley's Ridge Parkway. Near Marianna on the north edge of the forest, the park visitor center is jointly staffed by Arkansas State Parks and U.S. Forest Service staff. It features exhibits interpreting the Mississippi River, Crowley's Ridge, and the Delta. The visitor center includes a large, multi-purpose area for hosting meetings, family reunions, and other group events. Also on the north end of Mississippi River State Park is the Beech Point Campground in the Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area. Accessed from Ark. 44, this campground is situated on a wooded peninsula in the lake. The campsites offer views of the lake and are surrounded by prime wildlife and birding habitat. Two courtesy docks provide campers with additional access to this lake known for its bream and bass fishing. The campground features 17 campsites [14 Class AAA with water/electric/sewer hookups and three Class D Walk-in Tent Sites]. Each paved site includes an adjacent, extended hardened living area with picnic table, grill, lantern hanger, and tent pad. A barrier-free bathhouse is centrally located. The campsite rental fee is $32 per night. For details on the campground, visit:   http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/news/for-media/display.aspx?id=1593. Nearby are a swim beach, hiking trail, fishing pier, boat ramp, and several picnic areas. In a separate location on the lake, the park's Lone Pine Campground offers 14 Primitive RV/Tent Sites (no hookups) and vault toilets nearby, and the Maple Flats Campground. The south side of the forest near Helena/West Helena features Storm Creek Lake, Hornor Neck Lake, and viewsof the St. Francis and Mississippi rivers. Primitive campsites are located near Storm Creek Lake, as well as a swimming beach, bathhouse, fishing pier, boat ramp, and rentable pavilion. Hornor Neck Lake includes a boat ramp and wildlife viewing trail. Enjoy views of large bald cypress trees and a possible alligator sighting. The park visitor center is on Ark. 44 three miles southeast of Marianna. This information and education facility is staffed by both Arkansas State Parks and U.S. Forest Service employees to serve as information and interpretive center for the state park and the surrounding St. Francis National Forest. The discovery based and interactive exhibit gallery will connect you to the natural, cultural and historic resources of Mississippi River State Park and the St. Francis National Forest. For details about the visitor center, visit: http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/news/display.aspx?id=2366. Campers should register at the visitor center before occupying a campsite. The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Make campsite reservations by calling the park office at:  870-295-4040. Arkansas State Parks camping rules and regulations apply at the Beech Point Campground, Lone Pine Campground, and Maple Flat Campground. Arkansas State Parks does not honor any federal camping discount cards but does offer its own camping discounts. Arkansas State Parks is also administering the Day-use Area, boat ramp and the Bear Creek Lake Nature Trail. As in all other Arkansas state parks, the Day-use Area and boat ramp are available to the public free of charge. Picnicking at the Beaver Point Picnic Area can also be enjoyed at no cost. No hunting is allowed within the areas designated for state park facilities. These sites, since they have already been serving as public campgrounds and picnic areas, have traditionally been off limits to hunting activities. The campground renovation at Beech Point Campground is a part of Phase I of a three-phased process to develop the new Mississippi River State Park at several different sites within the national forest through a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service [http://www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark/index.html]. Major locations where state park facilities will be developed following the Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area include the confluence of the St. Francis and Mississippi rivers and the Storm Creek Lake Recreation Area. The 550-acre state park will encompass approximately 2.4 percent of the forest’s total 22,600-acres, forest lands that stretch along Crowley’s Ridge and border the Mississippi River. The state park areas will serve as recreation sites within the forest while the Forest Service will continue managing the forest and its resources. The St. Francis is the only national forest that touches the Mississippi River.

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Camping
Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area offers three camping areas: Beech Point Campground is on a wooded peninsula. Campsites feature views of the lake and are surrounded by prime wildlife and birding habitat. Two courtesy docks provide additional lake access. The campground features 17 campsites [14 Class AAA with water/electric/sewer hookups and three Class D Walk-in Tent Sites]. Each paved site includes picnic table, grill, lantern hanger, and tent pad. A barrier-free bathhouse is centrally located. On the east side of the lake, Lone Pine Campground offers 14 primitive sites (no hookups) and vault toilets. For group camping, Maple Flats Campground (no hookups) includes a vault toilet. Storm Creek Lake Recreation Area offers one campground with 12 primitive sites (no hookups) and
vault toilets. Camping fees at Beech Point campground and Maple Flats group campground are paid at the visitor center. Camping at Lone Pine or Storm Creek is paid at the visitor center or the self-pay station in the campgrounds. Reservations can be made for Beech Point campsites and Maple Flats Group Campground by calling the park office: (870) 295-4040. Arkansas State Parks camping rules and regulations apply to all campsites.

Picnicking
There are picnic tables near the visitor center (no grills). Day-use picnic areas with tables and grills are also along the entrance road to Beech Point and adjacent to the swim beach. Beaver Point Picnic Area on the east side of Bear Creek Lake has picnic tables and grills as well as a vault toilet. Storm Creek Lake Recreation Area has picnic tables and grills by the bath house.

Swimming
Swim beaches are available on both Bear Creek Lake and Storm Creek Lake. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Pavilion
Storm Creek Lake Recreation Area offers a small pavilion (rental fee applies) for group gatherings.

Boat Ramps
On Bear Creek Lake, Storm Creek Lake, Hornor Neck Lake, and the access to the St. Francis River. Free for use for all park visitors.

Trails
Trotting Fox Trail is a 1/2-mile, barrier free path. Bear Creek Lake Nature Trail is a one-mile loop. Hornor Neck Lake is a short wildlife viewing trail. Base Line Trail is four-miles roundtrip.

Visitor Center
Observe, study, and explore the Arkansas Delta, the Mississippi River, and Crowley’s Ridge. Interactive exhibits connect visitors to the park.

Hunting
No hunting is allowed within the state park areas. Contact Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for hunting regulations on St. Francis National Forest.

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2955 Hwy. 44
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Latitude
34.75
Longitude
-90.72
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Mississippi River State Park
(Updated: April 18, 2018)
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